Pretty easy, overall.
Introductory courses tend to be the foundation to upper-level courses within a field. They are highly generalized, and therefore the content is not analyzed a deeper level, in comparison to higher level courses. This may ultimately remove a significant degree of interesting key points from the content. On the contrary, introductory courses may give a spark of interest in a certain topic that may lead to a student desiring to learn more about it, and ultimately decide to enroll in a course that dwells deeper in detail.
As mentioned, from a generalized list of topics covered, some may spark an interest. From personal experience, I developed a deep interest in crime and deviance when I read the chapter on it. I started making connections between the theories of criminology and real-world news occurrences. A lot of the content of most sociology courses involves the world around us, and gives us a better understanding of why "things" happen from a theoretical approach.
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Advice for students:
As a sociology course, expect to learn many theories about each branch of sociology. You will learn about theorists and their theories, as well as current events through newspapers or online resources. Therefore, expect a significant amount of readings everyday. Reading is the key component of the class; without having read, the group discussions will seem dull and boring and nothing will be integrated into your knowledge.